Divya Chander is a physician and neuroscientist who trained at Harvard, UCSD, and UCSF, and she is now on the faculty in the department of Anesthesia at Stanford University. She did postdoctoral training in optogenetic technology in the laboratory of Karl Deisseroth at Stanford, and has been using the technology to study arousal switches in brains and dissecting the neural networks that support consciousness. In the operating room, she applies EEG technology to understand what human brains look like when they lose and regain consciousness. Divya’s goal is to understand neural mechanisms of consciousness and eventually utilize this knowledge to develop improved algorithms to create better brain monitors.
She shares a parallel passion for space exploration, and during her lifetime, it is her deepest desire to see a well-developed architecture to sustain human and robotic exploration of our solar system and beyond. She anticipates using many of the brain read-out technologies she’s applied to her clinical practice to understanding nervous system development and plasticity within the space microgravity environment – both short and long-term.